Minutes of the Royal College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

Meetings were held in January, March, May, July, September and November. They are arranged in the following order: minutes of the previous meeting, minutes of current meeting, agenda of current meeting, papers of current meeting.

Items addressed at every meeting are: the location of the meeting, attendees and apologies, matters arising, correspondence, Congress, membership matters, reports from committees, reports from national boards, use of the seal, membership numbers.

During 1985 the topics discussed by Council include:

Properties of the RCN

Recruitment and retention of nurses

The Griffiths report

Appointment of architects to the RCN

Nursing in a multi-racial society

English national board for nursing, midwifery and health visiting

RCN staff salary and conditions of service

What the RCN stands for

New diploma in advanced nursing administration

Career development for nurse managers

RCN policy on the sale of goods

These records are not indexed.

This record relates to two separate sets of minutes: One set consists of copies of original papers, including supporting and committee papers. These papers are kept in Store A.

One set consists of a box of original loose papers, including supporting and committee papers. These papers are kept in Store B.

Access Information

This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact the RCN Archives in advance of their first visit.

Other Finding Aids

Most recent online Royal College of Nursing Archives Catalogue is available at http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/library_and_heritage_services.

Conditions Governing Use

Royal College of Nursing

Custodial History

The main bulk of volumes came from London library historical collection to Edinburgh with the Archives' collections in 1992. Library maintained a copy set. From 1992 up until 2009 the papers were transferred directly by Council and Committee Admin (previously 'General Secretariat', or 'General Secretary's Office') One copy went to RCN Library for binding and the original to Archives, unbound. In January 2017 the two sets were brought together to create one full run of papers and an additional run, with copies of most years. The more complete set is held in Store A and the less complete set in Store B.